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Yes, This is Exactly What Summer Was Missing, News Delivered Exceedingly Smugly

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 10, 2017 |


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Project Runway: The Road to the Runway Season 16 on Lifetime at 8:00pm ET. Special presentation.

First in Human on Discovery at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a three-part documentary series set in the NIH Clinical Center where they perform clinical trials with experimental medicine. I’ve been a normal control subject at NIH a few times in my life. Never for a drug trial, but for several studies involving hormone levels, one about a specific neurotransmitter in the brain and how it functioned differently for people with ADD or ADHD, and once for a study about anxiety and stress disorders. I regret missing out on exactly one study, which was done the year I was fully employed for the first time. There was a clinical trial where they kept people on-site for, like, 10 days and ON PURPOSE gave them the flu to study how their bodies handled it. I know from personal experience that I handle the flu like a champ (I mostly just sleep for 36 hours while running an alarmingly high fever and then wake up feeling better and really hungry) and the payout on that was pretty sweet. Anyway, this documentary is focusing on the sick people, not the weirdos playing guinea pig for cash, so it will probably be more emotionally affecting and less “one time they shocked my brain and I lost control of my hand! And this other time I had to spit in a tube and take emotional assessments a lot.”

Nashville on CMT at 9:00pm ET.

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition on NBC at 9:00pm ET. Special presentation. Man, first the NFL, now we have to start telling Saturday Night Live when the weekend is? I would think it’d be really easy when the name of the day is in the title of the show, but Sunday Night Football continues to prove me wrong, so I guess it’s not that much of a surprise.

Play the Ukulele With the Atomic Sharks on PBS at 10:00pm ET. You know what? I’m not going to do any research on that. Whatever you think this is, just allow yourself to keep thinking that and let it bring you joy.


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